Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture

Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture

The Leopold Center is a research and education center on the campus of Iowa State University created to identify and reduce negative environmental and social impacts of farming and develop new ways to farm profitably while conserving natural resources. The Center's work is focused in these initiatives - ecological systems research, marketing and food systems research, policy research and cross-cutting research that bridges all areas (water, energy, soil and alternative farming systems).


High-flying cover crops

This image comes from our friends at Iowa Learning Farms, who recently hosted a cover crops field day at Seth Watkins' Taylor County farm in southern Iowa. This was taken about a month ago, when Watkins aerial-seeded his cover crops. The white vehicle is loading the seed tender that is suspended below the helicopter. Watch a short video of the operation, captured by Watkins. One of ILF's last fall cover crop field events is September 17. Read about ILF's current cover crop grant project.